The Department of Sanskrit, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) in association with the Institute of Cross Cultural Studies & Academic Exchange (ICCSAE), USA organised an international and interdisciplinary conference on Self, Omniscience and Morality on January 4 and 5, 2019.
The conference was attended by Dr. Kishore K Chakrabarti – President, ICCSAE; Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti – Vice President, ICCSAE; Dr. Sandeep Shastri – Pro Vice – Chancellor, JAIN; Dr. NVH Krishnan – Registrar, JAIN; Dr. BT Venkatesh – Advisor – Examinations, JAIN; and Dr. B A Vasu – Director, School of Commerce Studies, JAIN.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Sandeep Shastri. Referring to a session on life before birth and after death, he stated that he would instead talk about life as lived and experienced linking it to the broader theme of this conference. Drawing from three life examples, one of which happened in December 2018, another earlier in 2018 and a third that took place a decade ago, he spoke about the IPS officer, Mr. Madhukar Shetty and the principles that he stood by; the responses to a study called ‘mood of the nation’ that is conducted by a group of which Mr. Shastri is a part of; and the output of a research he and his colleagues conducted from 2000 to 2010 respectively. “For me, these 3 examples reflect certain very fundamental dimensions of the way people relate to each other, of the way they relate to themselves and the way people construct the moral world that they would like to be a part of.”
Dr. Kishore K Chakrabarti gave the presidential address. He spoke on the study of Greek and Indian philosophies, the similarities they have and the importance of reading original texts. He also defined self-omniscience and morality.
The inaugural session was followed by technical sessions. Over 25 papers were presented and two were virtual presentations.
Day two began with a panel discussion on ‘Morality: Absolute or Relative’, which was followed by a keynote address on ‘Life before birth and after death’ by Dr. Kishore K Chakrabarti. Dr. Chandana, Dr. MK Sridhar from S-Vyasa (Deemed-to-be University); Dr. Lynna Dhanani from Yale University, Connecticut, USA; Dr. Barbara Amodio from Housatonic Community College, Connecticut, USA; and Dr. Kristine Culbertson from the University of Connecticut, USA, participated in the panel discussion. The technical sessions were held post lunch.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Geetha Madhusudan – Head of the Department of Sanskrit, School of Commerce Studies, JAIN.